Last week, an NBA record five Kansas Jayhawks were selected in the 2008 draft. But it was just a year ago that only a single, high-flying, 'Hawk made the leap to the pros. Julian Wright has his rookie season with the New Orleans Hornets behind him. And, as Andrew Baker explains, that's good news for the 2007 Lottery pick...
Jayhawk quarterback Todd Reesing and senior linebacker Mike Rivera are both on the preseason watch.
J.R. Giddens made a visit to a local sporting goods store after beginning the 2003-04 school year, his freshman year at Kansas University. "The first thing I bought with my scholarship check was a Paul Pierce Boston Celtics jersey and green headband," said Giddens, a 6-foot-5, 205-pound forward who Thursday was tapped by the Celtics with the last pick of the first round.
Three Kansas University track-and-field athletes came up short Sunday in qualifying for the 2008 Olympic Games.
Bershawn "Batman" Jackson, who has won the last four Kansas Relays 400 hurdles titles, now is an Olympian in the event.
A center from France who averaged five points and 3.1 rebounds was taken by Charlotte at No. 20. And Darrell Arthur sat. A forward who grew up in the Congo and lived in a house with no electricity or running water went to Seattle at No. 24. And Arthur sat.
Kansas University junior Emily Powers played the final four holes of the second round Saturday and finished in a tie for 153rd place at the U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship.
Through the vibrations of a drum, six cheerleaders from the Kansas School for the Deaf commanded people's attention at Kansas University's Spirit Camp. "We can do everything except hear," said Marie Qualls, 21, the head coach of the KSD team. Qualls, a 2005 graduate from the state school, decided to bring her team to KU's camp for the first time this year.
The University of Georgia's mascot, Uga VI, has died of congestive heart failure.
Darnell Jackson impressed Cleveland Cavaliers officials with his skill-set and hustle - as well as his personality - during a pair of pre-draft workouts with the NBA team this past month in Ohio.
Kansas University junior Nickesha Anderson narrowly missed qualifying for the 2008 Olympic Games in the 100-meter dash at the Jamaican Olympic Trials in Kingston, Jamaica, on Saturday.
So I'm watching the NBA Draft the other night, and Darrell Arthur looks like his dog was just run over, and I'm thinking: What about Mario Chalmers? Here it is late in the first round, and Chalmers, the man who nailed the magical three-pointer in the NCAA championship game, is still waiting for his name to be called. ESPN analyst Jay Bilas keeps saying Chalmers is the best player available, but he might as well be talking to The Love Guru. No NBA general manager is listening.
Russell Brorsen is struggling. It's a Tuesday afternoon, just past 2, and the Kansas University defensive end is stationed in an office in the bowels of Allen Fieldhouse, trying to explain the intricacies of a course he recently completed - organic chemistry - that he found to be considerably challenging. "How can I put this : " he says.
Ohio University has hired Ohio State assistant John Groce as its men's basketball coach.
Mario Chalmers desperately wanted to be selected in the first round of Thursday's NBA Draft. The 30 first-rounders are the only ones in the 60-player draft guaranteed contracts. Yet don't for a second think Chalmers, who was selected fourth in Round Two by Minnesota, then traded to Miami, regrets his decision to leave Kansas University after his junior season.
Kansas University junior Emily Powers was among the golfers affected when the second round of the U.S. Women's Open was suspended due to darkness Friday.
Kansas University volleyball coach Ray Bechard has added Lauren Hagan, of Whitesville, Ky., and Corrinne Stringer, of Topeka, to the 2008-09 team.
Darrell Arthur, one of the heroes of Kansas University's national championship victory over Memphis, was introduced to the media and public as a member of the NBA's Grizzlies on Friday in Tennessee. The 6-foot-9, 225-pound forward from Dallas was asked at a news conference what he had to say to Memphis Tigers fans, still steamed that his 20-point, 10-rebound effort helped the Jayhawks to a 75-68 overtime victory in San Antonio.
Some athletics officials from Kansas University soon will be moving their offices to a building owned by the folks who make Jayhawk Boxes. Kansas Athletics Inc., which runs athletics programs at KU, has leased 11,000 square feet of space in an office building owned by Lawrence Paper Co. in northwest Lawrence.
Clip this and save it. Right or wrong, I will be accountable. My draft board was: 1, Michael Beasley (Kansas State); 2, Derrick Rose (Memphis); 3, Kevin Love (UCLA); 4, Brandon Rush (Kansas).
Most Kansas University basketball fans were looking forward to this weekend as a time to reflect fondly on how well things went for Jayhawks in the NBA Draft. Instead, many of us are puzzled, perplexed and downright angry about some nitwit developments which indicate why the NBA has trouble sustaining meaningful loyalties.
Russell Robinson has accepted an invitation to play for the Houston Rockets' summer-league team.
Lawrence: City of Champions? Several hundred Kansas University fans made the case to name Lawrence ESPN's "TitleTown USA," as the sports network filmed a segment on Friday at Allen Fieldhouse. Earlier this week, ESPN named Lawrence one of 20 cities vying to be named the country's top championship city.
Darrell Arthur drafted and then traded three times.
The Kansas University basketball team scripted some suspenseful moments on the way to the 2008 national championship, and NBA Draft night turned out to be more of the same for the Jayhawks. Three dramatic storylines evolved as Brandon Rush, Darrell Arthur and Mario Chalmers combined to make Kansas history. For the first time since 1989, when the draft was trimmed to two rounds, more than two Jayhawks were selected in a single draft. Rush was a lottery pick, Arthur became the sympathetic figure who dropped lower than expected, and Chalmers, who will always hold a special spot in KU history, was taken in the second round.
Indiana athletic director Rick Greenspan will resign at the end of December amid new NCAA allegations that the school failed to monitor the men's basketball team.
Oklahoma offensive lineman Phil Loadholt faces a July court hearing on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and transporting an open container.
Two former Texas football players pleaded guilty Thursday to robbery charges, a Travis County prosecutor said.
The worst team in the NBA stopped being that in a jubilant instant Thursday night. Younger, better, more fun, more exciting and an immediate playoff contender is what the Miami Heat became with one draft pick and two fairly magical words: Michael Beasley.
As the No. 13 pick in the NBA Draft, Brandon Rush will make $1,499,300 next season and $1,611,800 the following year. The Indiana Pacers have an option for the third and fourth years at $1,724,200 and $2,463,880, respectively.
Kansas University student-athletes earned a combined 3.03 grade-point average during the 2008 spring semester, setting a KU athletic-department record.
Kansas University tied an NBA record by having five players taken in Thursday night's draft, but only two players were selected in the first round. Many expected this to be the first time KU had three players selected in the first round of the same draft, but it didn't happen.
Three Kansas University track and field athletes - seniors Ashley Brown and Crystal Manning and sophomore Jordan Scott - will compete in the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore.
Playing basketball at the collegiate level isn't for everyone. So for the campers at the Bonnie Henrickson basketball camp, playing in Kansas University's Allen Fieldhouse left a lasting impression. "It was amazing," said Ashley Harry, a junior at Skutt Catholic High in Omaha, Neb. "Just playing in so much history and just thinking about how Paul Pierce and all those greats played in there.
Derrick Rose is going home, and a record crowd of freshmen are following him to the NBA.
Kansas University's basketball players gathered at coach Bill Self's house Thursday night to watch the NBA Draft on ESPN-TV. They viewed with interest for more than four hours as KU tied UConn in 2006 and Florida in 2007 for most players selected (five) in a two-round draft.
Somebody done somebody wrong, and the second somebody is Kansas University forward Darrell Arthur. This became obvious to the world when Arthur was queried on national television about a reported kidney issue that led to him tumbling in the draft. "My health is fine," Arthur said. "I took another blood test in Washington, and everything came out fine, but I guess those guys never contacted anybody. Everything is cool."
Kansas University junior-to-be Emily Powers opened the U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship on Thursday with an 8-over 81.
Brandon Rush, first KU player selected, taken by Portland with 13th pick, and then traded to Indiana Pacers. Then came Darrell Arthur at No. 27, who after three trades winds up in Memphis. Mario Chalmers (Miami), Darnell Jackson (Miami) and Sasha Kaun (Cleveland) were all selected in the second round. All five players were traded, Arthur three times.
LJWorld.com and the staffs of the Lawrence Journal-World and 6News earned a second consecutive APME award, this time for its coverage of the Kansas Jayhawks' run to the national championship.
University of Oklahoma regents approved raises on Wednesday for athletic director Joe Castiglione and men's basketball coach Jeff Capel.
Former Free State High star running back Brian Murphy, who redshirted at Kansas University last season with twin brother Ryan, said Wednesday he is transferring to Emporia State.
Brandon Rush, who turns 23 on July 7, has been deemed "NBA ready," by so-called experts entering tonight's draft at New York's Madison Square Garden. Rush, whose brother Kareem plays for the Indiana Pacers, knows exactly what that tag means. "I've spent three years in college. I've developed my body. I've gotten stronger. I play the type of game they play in the NBA, pick and roll, up-tempo," former Kansas University guard/forward Rush said Wednesday at a pre-draft news conference for possible lottery picks (top 14) at the Westin Times Square Hotel.
Former Kansas University tight end Derek Fine has signed a contract with the Buffalo Bills.
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self - and a bunch of NBA analysts - are certain three Jayhawks will be selected in the first round of tonight's draft at New York's Madison Square Garden. Where Darrell Arthur, Mario Chalmers and Brandon Rush are tapped, however, is anybody's guess.
Ten years later, it's time to learn from the 1998 draft. As the saying goes, those who don't learn from history ... get fired. Kansas University teammates Raef LaFrentz and Paul Pierce were considered neck and neck by most trying to project the draft. Then-KU coach Roy Williams didn't offer a guess as to which player would go first, but shared that he was assured both players would not slip past the eighth pick.
Fresno State was smashing in its final performance as college baseball's team of destiny, winning a championship that would have been impossible to predict.
Buddy Foster, head coach at Bradley University the last three seasons, has been named associate head softball coach at Kansas.
Alabama linebacker Jimmy Johns was arrested on felony drug charges Tuesday and kicked off the team, the latest in a string of off-the-field problems for coach Nick Saban's squad.
Oklahoma State pitchers Tyler Lyons and Andrew Oliver were named Tuesday as members of the 2008 USA National Baseball Team.
Over the last three weeks, Kansas University forward Darrell Arthur has showcased his skills for nine NBA teams. That number actually skews higher because Arthur's latest workout on Tuesday was for the Philadelphia 76ers, Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors.
Fresno State has reached the brink of pulling off what once was unimaginable for a team in its situation: winning a national championship.
USC's top basketball recruit said Tuesday he will play for the Trojans next season despite NCAA and Pac-10 investigations into the O.J. Mayo matter.
The fans craned their necks to watch the man they traveled to the College Basketball Experience to see. They sat patiently through an introduction for a man who needed no introduction, and they stared as Kansas University men's basketball coach Bill Self spoke of his life since winning the national championship.
Whether Kansas State offensive machine Michael Beasley goes first or second in Thursday's NBA Draft seems meaningless on the surface. Either way, Beasley will become an instant millionaire. Nevertheless, don't discount the prestige of being No. 1.
Darnell Jackson has traveled to Orlando, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Houston, Oakland, Seattle, Cleveland twice and Charlotte this past month while pursuing his NBA dream.
Danielle McCray stood right where they're standing. She sat and watched just like they do. She was bit older, a senior in high school, but she did the drills, met the coaches and played on the court she eventually would call home.
Kansas University junior Eric Fattig was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academica All-America Cross Country/Track and Field Team on Monday.
Gordon Beckham's teammates had given him a hard time for a week because he hadn't hit the home run that would make him Georgia's career leader. "Tonight," he said, "was a pretty good time to do it."
Graduated Kansas University center Sasha Kaun returned to Lawrence on Monday from his whirlwind tour of NBA camps: Indiana, Cleveland, Portland, Seattle, Utah, San Antonio, Washington, New Jersey and Detroit.
Ah, the spoils of success. On the heels of a 12-1 season highlighted by an Orange Bowl victory over Virginia Tech - and the consequent rise in excitement about the prospect of Kansas University's 2008 football campaign - KU announced recently that it would be implementing a new outdoor luxury seating section, to be constructed behind the south end zone of Memorial Stadium.
Jury selection gets underway today in a trial against a downtown Lawrence t-shirt shop.
Can Lawrence compete with the likes of Boston, Los Angeles and Detroit? What about Ann Arbor, Mich., Williamsport, Pa., and Valdosta, Ga.? ESPN thinks it can, and to prove it, the sports network today named Lawrence a finalist in its "TitleTown USA" competition, which seeks to name the country's top championship city.
The Plano (Texas) West Senior High boys basketball team seemed to borrow a phrase from Oakland Raiders President Al Davis: "Just win, baby!" That's all Plano West did this weekend at Bill Self's team camp - just win.
Fresno State Bulldogs fans have been wearing their "Underdog to Wonderdog" T-shirts around Rosenblatt Stadium for days en masse. They just might get a chance to order some national championship shirts pretty soon.
Riley Spencer, a 6-foot-6, 254-pound offensive tackle from Hesston High, has orally committed to Kansas University's football team, Rivals.com reports.
This week, KU goes to court in a legal contest against an upstart t-shirt shop with plenty of royalties at stake. 6News business editor Mark Fagan looks for a few legal minds in this report.
Sasha Kaun has signed a three-year contract with CSKA Moscow, a professional team in Kaun's native Russia.
They motor in water, on top of cycles and by moving one foot in front of another, but when it comes to growing an event that was a smashing success in its first year in Lawrence, triathletes have been doing their best work motoring their mouths.
Chad Flack homered to get North Carolina to the College World Series in 2006 and 2007. This year, he homered to keep the Tar Heels in Omaha at least for another day.
Now that Kansas Athletics Inc. already has secured an Orange Bowl title and an NCAA basketball national championship, the protector of all things Jayhawk is playing to win on a different field of competition. In a jury trial set to begin this week, the department hopes to convince a federal jury to order Larry Sinks to quit printing up Kansas-related designs on blue T-shirts.
Being the child of a professional athlete doesn't always translate into being just talented. But with the genes of two athletes, it's no wonder that Jackson Jeffcoat has the athletic ability to be a two-sport star in basketball and football.
Former Nebraska coach Danny Nee and ex-Cornhusker Erick Strickland are going to be inducted into the Nebraska Basketball Hall of Fame.
University of Colorado linebacker Michael Sipili and former defensive lineman Christopher Perri have been sued over an assault that happened last year. CU student John Antrim filed the lawsuit this week.
There's a great debate raging not only in the city of Chicago, but around the country as Thursday's 2008 NBA Draft nears. That is ... which player should be tapped No. 1 overall by the NBA's Bulls? Should it be guard Derrick Rose or forward Michael Beasley? Perhaps there's nobody better to ask than a man who coached against both players - Kansas University's Bill Self.
Trivia question: Where did Kansas University men's basketball coach Bill Self graduate high school? Answer: Edmond Memorial in Edmond, Okla.
Well, you knew it was coming, didn't you? When Kansas University captured the NCAA men's basketball championship last April in San Antonio, you knew a boost in next season's ticket prices was as inevitable as death, taxes and asphalt.
On Thursday, the National Association of Basketball Coaches said it strongly opposed oral commitments from students who have yet to complete their sophomore year of high school.
Tim Federowicz's grand slam in the top of the ninth inning Friday night sent North Carolina to a 7-3 victory over LSU in a College World Series elimination game disrupted twice in two days by rain.
Two football players from Bowie High in Arlington, Texas on Friday committed to the Kansas University program, according to reports from Rivals.com.
Former Jayhawk guard and Kansas City native Jeff Hawkins is trying to take the next step on the hardwood. Kevin Romary explains.
The attorney for a woman suing Kansas University basketball player Sherron Collins said her client showed "great courage in speaking the truth" from the day she was assaulted in a Jayhawker Towers elevator in May 2007.
Paul Pierce was openly unhappy when he was picked "only" 10th in the 1999 NBA draft. He had misgivings as he entered this, his 10th, season with basketball's Boston Celtics. Chances are today he's eminently satisfied with that pair of 10s even though once he was hoping to be traded to a "contender."
Paul Pierce had not slept in 36 hours, but the Boston Celtics captain was more than ready to greet the tens of thousands of fans who turned out Thursday for the rolling rally celebrating the team's first NBA championship in 22 years.
Gale Sayers sat at a table Thursday afternoon in the Sprint Center's Founder's Room, reminiscing about one of the most memorable athletic years in the history of Kansas University. He looked sharp, sporting a black suit with silver pinstripes. He spoke softly, with several hints of passion for his alma mater, which won the Orange Bowl and the national championship in basketball in the same academic year.
Last summer, University of Southern California men's basketball coach Tim Floyd stirred the already-stormy recruiting pot by offering a 14-year-old, eighth-grader from Illinois a basketball scholarship. Floyd's offer to 5-foot-9 point guard Ryan Boatwright sent shockwaves through the college basketball community, and was greeted largely by disgust and disdain, as many believed it further corrupted the once innocent land of high school hoops.
If college basketball coaches have their way, Michael Avery would be the last eighth-grader making a college commitment.
The second-annual Kansas City Pro-Am Summer League, which features a batch of Kansas University basketball players past and present, opens tonight at Penn Valley Community College's Pohlman Fieldhouse. "I think it will be a lot better than last year. We've worked out some kinks and gotten more teams," said former KU guard Terry Nooner, president of the league.
The College World Series game Thursday night between North Carolina and LSU was suspended because of rain and will be resumed tonight.
Kansas University women's golfer Emily Powers reached the round of 16 before bowing out at the United States Women's Amateur Public Links tournament on Thursday.
Attorneys for KU basketball player Sherron Collins file a motion to set aside a default judgement against him in a civil lawsuit.
Kansas junior-to-be Emily Powers was knocked out of the US Women's Amateur Public Links Tournament this afternoon in Erin, Wisconsin.
Attorneys for Kansas University basketball player Sherron Collins have filed a motion to set aside a default judgment against him in a civil lawsuit. The motion filed in Douglas County District Court states that Collins, 21, did not intentionally ignore notices of the lawsuit when it was filed May 14.
It's an old story in the sense that one party's despair can be another's delight. For North Carolina basketball fans on Monday, the delightful idea of a national-title chase was brought squarely into focus when Tar Heels Ty Lawson, Wayne Ellington and Danny Green had to postpone for at least one season their hopes of landing berths on NBA rosters.
It may not be exactly like watching the Kansas Jayhawks celebrate a national basketball championship, but it still was a treat to see former Jayhawk Paul Pierce's boyish glee Tuesday night after the Boston Celtics won the NBA championship.
Kansas University softball signee Sarah Blair was named the Houston Chronicle's Player of the Year after helping Katy Taylor High School to the 5A Region III semifinals.
The loss of Mario Chalmers to the NBA likely means a gain in playing time for incoming Kansas University freshman guard Tyshawn Taylor.
Sean Ratliff homered and Cord Phelps tripled in Stanford's four-run fifth inning, and the Cardinal ousted top-seeded Miami from the College World Series with an 8-3 victory Wednesday night.
Mario Little sat on a Horejsi Center bench late Wednesday afternoon, gasping for air after a spirited Bill Self basketball camp scrimmage. "I was tired," said Little, who scored 13 points off 6-of-12 shooting with four assists and four rebounds in leading the Blue team to a 75-65 victory over the Julian Wright-led Red squad. "I'm just trying to compete with everybody, make sure I'm not slacking. I'm behind everybody, just trying to hold my own."
Possible evidence in an assault investigation involving KU basketball player Sherron Collins is being tested for a second time.
Another Wednesday...another round of the Alumni Scrimmage at Bill Self's basketball camp.
Though the KU Public Safety Office sent the Kansas Bureau of Investigation evidence in October 2007, a backlog of other projects has prevented the agency from testing the evidence from the Sherron Collins case.
It's easy for Kansas University sophomore Tyrel Reed to relate to the 1,000 or so youths in town for Bill Self's basketball camp. Reed made the short trip from Burlington many times during his grade school and high school years.
In all, 44 junior-college football players transferred to Big 12 Conference schools for the 2008 season. Here are the top five to keep tabs on, ordered with the most anticipated impact player first.
While most Big 12 football teams have junior-college transfers sprinkled across their rosters, Kansas State has started a trend in the conference. Forget the traditional method of bringing in juco transfers to plug a hole or two. Coach Ron Prince now has enough juco players to revamp the entire team.
This was always the Boston Celtics' ace in the hole. They would have preferred not having to use it, but there was comfort in knowing it was there if they needed it. It was, in the end, an ace all the way.
Something unique appears about to happen : something that hasn't occurred in the storied history of Kansas University's men's basketball program. Now that Mario Chalmers has pulled the ripcord and confirmed he won't be returning for his senior year, KU appears likely to produce its first hat trick. Never before have three Jayhawks been selected in the first round of the NBA Draft.
Alan Ahmady hit the go-ahead single in the fifth inning, five Fresno State pitchers combined to hold North Carolina scoreless for all but one inning, and the upstart Bulldogs continued to surprise Tuesday night with a 5-3 victory in the College World Series.
Blake Dean hit a three-run double off the left-field wall in the bottom of the ninth inning to keep LSU alive in the College World Series with a 6-5 victory over Rice on Tuesday.
As a player he helped the Kansas basketball team to the 2003 national title game. As a graduate student manager last season, he was part of the Jayhawks' national championship. Now former KU guard Michael Lee can call himself a Division 1 college coach. DJ Whetter has that story.
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self twice on Monday expressed support for junior guard Sherron Collins. Self spoke first in a written statement, the second time in person to a handful of reporters outside his basketball camp at Horejsi Center.
Members of Kansas University's men's basketball team had differing opinions on whom they wanted to win the NBA Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics.
When covering evolution, teachers should not forget to inform students that some humans still haven't evolved beyond the Neanderthal stage. Reference some of the comments underneath the stories online regarding Jessica J. Brown's civil lawsuit against Kansas University basketball star Sherron Collins over an assault she said took place in an elevator at Jayhawker Towers on May 18, 2007.
Matt Cerione's two-out, bases-loaded single drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, and three Georgia pitchers combined for six innings of shutout relief.
Carlos Gutierrez got the job done this time. Two days after the Miami closer's two-run throwing error cost the Hurricanes a win in their College World Series opener, Gutierrez overcame another shaky ninth inning to seal a 7-5 victory over Florida State on Monday.
North Carolina underclassmen Ty Lawson, Wayne Ellington and Danny Green will return to Chapel Hill next season after removing their names from the NBA draft Monday.
A Douglas County judge rules in favor of a woman who filed a civil lawsuit against KU basketball player Sherron Collins. The judge granted the woman damages in excess of $75,000 dollars.
Kansas guard Sherron Collins is making headlines today for a ruling against him in a civil lawsuit filed on May 14th.
An overall record of 17-16 and a disappointing Big 12 mark of 4-12: that's the story of the KU women's basketball team for the 2007-08 season. Preparations for '08-'09 won't start in September or October however. They're underway now. Kevin Romary has that story.
A Douglas County District Court judge has ruled in favor of a woman who filed a civil lawsuit against Kansas University basketball player Sherron M. Collins over an assault she said took place in an elevator.
Alex White kept LSU's potent offense mostly under wraps for seven-plus innings and Kyle Seager, Seth Williams and Ryan Graepel had three hits apiece to lead North Carolina to an 8-4 victory over the Tigers in the College World Series on Sunday night.
After his first individual workout with NBA teams, Mario Chalmers told Phoenix Suns reporters he'd be keeping his name in the 2008 NBA Draft. He had no change of heart after his fifth workout - Saturday's session in New Orleans - and on Sunday announced he'd definitely played his last game at KU.
Danny Muno, Alan Ahmady and Jordan Ribera launched three-run homers and Fresno State's amazing postseason run continued with a stunning 17-5 victory over Rice in the College World Series.
Kansas guard Mario Chalmers confirmed on Sunday that he'll forego his senior season at KU to stay in the NBA draft.
Kansas University men's basketball coach Bill Self confirmed on Sunday what Mario Chalmers has hinted at for a couple of weeks to media outlets while on his predraft workout circuit - Chalmers will forego his senior season at KU and keep his name in the 2008 NBA Draft. Chalmers' entry in the draft means three Jayhawks will give up remaining eligibility and opt for this year's draft. He joins Brandon Rush and Darrell Arthur.
Georgia scored four runs in the ninth inning - two on Miami closer Carlos Gutierrez's throwing error - and the Bulldogs came from behind to beat the top-seeded Hurricanes, 7-4, in the College World Series on Saturday night.
Life as a college basketball coach can be rather grueling, especially when taking on a head coaching position for the first time. That's why Ben Miller enjoyed the opportunity of spending Saturday at the Bill Self Kansas Basketball parent-child camp with his 5-year-old son Charlie.
The television sets were delivered the other day - 57 of 'em. Ranging in size from a piddling 32 inches to a massive 60 (measured diagonally), the flat-screen, high-def plasma wonders remain boxed, waiting to be hung. But the walls and the wiring and the 57 wall mounts are raised, wired and bolted on as work on the 80,000-square-foot Anderson Family Football Complex - the soon-to-be-home for Kansas University football - screams toward completion.
Kansas University's Nickesha Anderson placed third in the 200 and Crystal Manning seventh in the triple jump, helping the Jayhawks tie for a 15th-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor track and field championships.
For soon-to-be high school sophomores Dashawn Harden and Natalie Knight, the path to a college basketball career took a step forward this week at Kansas University's Elite Camp. They practiced like the Jayhawks practice, lived like the Jayhawks live, and got a look at a school they hope to attend.
Monster Kansas University fan that he is, Topeka native and Overland Park resident Grant Hinkle felt a huge charge out of the Orange Bowl victory. And then the Jayhawks won the national title in basketball, which triggered one of his favorite childhood memories. He was seated at his third-grade desk when the voice on the intercom blared, "Grant Hinkle, report to the office."
A proposed marketing contract for the Nebraska Cornhuskers would bring in at least $109.7 million for the university over the next 13 years.
Kansas University senior Egor Agafonov placed third in the hammer throw at Friday's NCAA Outdoor track and field championships. Agafonov, a native of Togliatti, Russia, who threw 229 feet, 5 inches, became the first KU male in 35 years to win All-America honors in the same event for three consecutive years. Sam Colson won the javelin from 1971 to '73.
Bill Self's fifth-annual, 28-team Lawrence Parks and Recreation Youth Scholarship Golf Classic ended in a tie Friday afternoon at sun-baked Eagle Bend Golf Course. The foursome of Steve Bunter, Daniel Brumley, Bill Huffman and Joe Reitz shot 55 in the scramble format, topping the host's team of Self, Kent Ferguson, Terry Keefer and Pat O'Toole, which also shot 55 but lost the scorecard tiebreaker.
Friday afternoon, coach Bill Self hosted his Lawrence Parks and Rec Youth Scholarship Classic at Eagle Bend Golf Course.
On the campus hardwood Friday afternoon, the Kansas women's basketball program hosted its Elite Camp.
Crystal Manning became the first All-American for Kansas University at the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Thursday. Julius Jiles and Stephanie Horton each broke their own school records.
Dashawn Harden, a sophomore-to-be from Overland Park Aquinas High who has orally committed to Kansas University's women's basketball program, will participate in Bonnie Henrickson's Elite Camp today and Saturday.
Lester Earl, who soared over a waist-high rack of basketballs to complete the winning dunk at the 1996 McDonald's All-America Slam Jam in Pittsburgh, does not sky high anymore.
Ross Randall walks slowly onto the practice green with youngsters swarming all around him. A stand-out veteran among inexperienced youths, Randall attracts the eyes of all. What he says, they do, and it has been that way for 28 years.
Purists prefer to consider the field of athletics a breeding ground for sportsmanship, fair play and good relationships among respectful competitors. That happens sometimes, though never enough. The sad fact is that sports always have been riddled with disgraceful behavior.
The youngest members of the Rock Chalk Nation witness the future of Kansas basketball.
Former Jayhawk Jeff Hawkins took part in yesterday's pick-up game.
Two weeks of youth basketball camps are good news for Bill Self. It allows Coach to spend multiple nights at home in Lawrence for the first time since March.
Three Kansas University track and field athletes advanced Wednesday to the finals of the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Bill Self, who couldn't watch Wednesday's scrimmage between current and former Kansas University basketball players in accordance with NCAA rules, did hear about the contest from some of his campers.
Kansas University golfer Emily Powers has qualified for the U.S. Women's Open. A junior from Quincy, Ill., Powers played her way into the event through the sectional tournament at Knollwood Country Club in Bloomfield, Mich.
Julian Wright dribbled at the top of the key, pump-faked Kansas University sophomore center Cole Aldrich, then hit the lane for a vicious slam dunk. Wright, a 6-foot-8, 225-pound New Orleans Hornets forward, accepted a baseline feed from Nick Bradford, dribbled once and flushed hard with his right hand.
Junior Kansas golfer Emily Powers has qualified for the U.S. women's open.
The national track and field championships are underway for eight Kansas athletes tonight.
Bill Self basketball campers were treated to a start-studded pick-up game today. Seven KU alumni players returned to battle the current team with nothing more than bragging rights on the line.
Two Kansas University football players have left the team, the school announced Tuesday. Senior defensive lineman Todd Haselhorst left on his own for "health reasons," and junior cornerback Anthony Webb was dismissed for a violation of team policy, according to team spokesman Mike Strauss.
Kansas University freshman guard Travis Releford is one of 25 players invited to USA Basketball's Under 18 national team trials July 1-3 at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.
Julian Wright walked into Kansas University's Horejsi Center on Tuesday afternoon wearing a black Ed Hardy T-shirt and matching bookbag draped over his back. "A nice black bookbag, not pink," the 21-year-old former Kansas University basketball forward said with a smile. Pink is the color of the backpack Wright was forced to wear on all road trips as an initiation ritual during the 2007-08 season - his rookie season with the New Orleans Hornets of the NBA.
The 2008 Border War game between Kansas University and Missouri, originally scheduled as a home game for MU but switched to Arrowhead Stadium as part of a two-year arrangement that started last year, will be played Nov. 29 and will kick off either at 11:30 a.m. or 2 p.m., it was announced Tuesday.
Senior KU baseball player John Allman signs a free agent contract with the Cleveland Indians organization.
One of Bill Self's incoming freshmen is after a spot on the United States Under-18 squad.
For the first time since 2005, former Jayhawk Keith Langford is back in Lawrence.
Only 81 days until college football resumes on the hill. Saturday, August 30 at 6 p.m., the Orange Bowl champion Kansas Jayhawks return to Memorial Stadium to open the 2008 season against Florida International.
Julian Wright is back in town and served as guest speaker on day 2 of Bill Self's Basketball Camp.
Two players leave KU football program.
KU will play twice on national TV during the four-game non-conference slate, and it was also announced that the Nov. 29 Border War at Arrowhead Stadium will air on FSN, kicking off at either 11:30 a.m. or 2:00 p.m.
It all starts with football for Kansas University senior Mike Rivera, an outside linebacker whose trophy case grows more crowded by the minute.
Oklahoma State pitcher Tyler Lyons has been invited to participate in the USA Baseball national team trials.
Missouri wide receiver Danario Alexander will be sidelined at least until the start of the Big 12 season after reinjuring his left knee.
Keith Langford was ready to hop in his car and hit the highway after his Kansas University graduation ceremony in May of 2005. "We had just lost in the first round," the 24-year-old Fort Worth, Texas, native, said of a shocking NCAA Tournament defeat to Bucknell. "I had some injuries, some personal things going on. I didn't leave on the best of terms."
Now that Paul Pierce is hogging the headlines during the NBA Finals, it's possible he'll soon shed his second-rate status. Pierce, a second-rater? Am I nuts? Here is clearly one of the best players in professional basketball, a man who is paid a stratospheric $16 million plus per year, a man who probably could be elected mayor of Boston.
Oklahoma State's football season opener at Washington State now will be televised.
Brown University didn't look far for its new men's basketball coach.
Ten members of the Kansas track and field team are on their way to the NCAA championships.
From September to May, KU head basketball coach Bill Self is in charge of more than a dozen 18- to 22-year-olds. In the summer, the Jayhawks leader takes on a much larger and much younger group of hoopsters.
Earlier this afternoon in the capital city, both Bill Self and Mark Mangino were in attendance for the Otto Schnellbacher Classic.
The Boston Celtics left the comforts of home exalted and exhausted, halfway to hoisting a 17th NBA championship banner. They're up 2-0 in the NBA finals. But they needed some of their leprechaun's luck to get there.
Jack Rye's three-run homer capped a six-run first inning, leading Florida State back to the College World Series with an 11-4 win over Wichita State in the super regionals on Sunday.
First-team All-America cornerback Aqib Talib plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Second-team All-America defensive tackle James McClinton remains a student, but his athletic eligibility has been exhausted. Brilliant defensive coordinator Bill Young now works for the University of Miami. Time for the Kansas University football team to panic? Hardly.
Adam Zornes hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning to give Rice a 6-5 victory over Texas A&M on Sunday, sending the Owls to their third straight College World Series.
Who would have thought that sitting could be so painful? As it turns out, bending over for more than two hours signing autographs can be quite uncomfortable.
This weekend out on the links, it was a battle between Wichita State and Washburn University.
It's definitely hard to top meeting the president of the United States, but over the weekend Bill Self and the Kansas Jayhawks decided to kick back and celebrate this time around disco-style.
Jordon Dodson went 3-for-3 with four RBIs to lead Rice past Texas A&M, 9-7, in the first game of the Houston Super Regional on Saturday.
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self shook hundreds of hands and, yes, even danced with fans at his "Basketball Boogie" on Saturday night at Kansas Speedway.
In the past two days, New England's most celebrated right knee - and to this point, the focal point of the NBA finals - has been encased in ice, undergone electrical stimulation therapy, even had lasers fired at it. Paul Pierce's knee has been primped, prodded and pampered like never before. It's not 100 percent, but it's good enough.
Memorial Stadium plan will add luxury seating: A new outdoor luxury seating section will be installed behind the south end zone of Memorial Stadium, KU athletic director Lew Perkins announced in a letter to Williams Fund members. The plan calls for the 56-seat section to include 22 flat-screen televisions, an exclusive hospitality area with complimentary beverages and upscale buffets, and luxury chair-back seating.
Football games in the in-state series between Tulsa and Oklahoma are about to become a more frequent occurrence. The schools announced Friday they would play annual games from 2013 to 2015.
Paul Pierce heard a pop and had a thought. His NBA Finals, in a wisp and a crash, were over. An arena and this city collectively leaned in the same direction. Despite Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson hinting otherwise, Pierce says he was aching, not faking, when he went down in the third quarter of the NBA Finals Game 1 against the Lakers because of a sprained right knee.
Mario Chalmers, who had his first of five workouts for NBA teams on Friday in Phoenix, told Suns beat writers he'll likely keep his name in the 2008 NBA Draft. "I'm leaning toward staying in. I've been hearing a lot of good things, so I'll probably stay in," said the 6-foot-1 Chalmers, who just completed his junior year at Kansas University.
Wife Mary Jane at his side, Mark Mangino stood at the mouth of the Alvamar Country Club dining room and listened to the same message over and over Friday night as well-wishers walked through the greeting line: "We love you, coach. You're doing a great job."
Names, names, names. Here are some names that might interest you... Willie Mays Aikens, a power-hitting first baseman and designated hitter for the Royals in the early 1980s, was released from prison this week after spending 14 years behind bars for selling cocaine to an undercover policeman. Sad.
Mario Chalmers commented to Phoenix Suns reporters Friday on his three-pointer that sent the national title game against Memphis into overtime.
Five Kansas University baseball players were selected by major-league organizations in the second day of the Major League Baseball first-year player draft. Left-handed pitcher Sam Freeman (St. Louis), outfielder Ryne Price (San Francisco), left-handed pitcher Nick Czyz (Seattle), right-handed pitcher Andres Esquibel (Seattle) and shortstop Erik Morrison (Texas) were selected Friday.
Five KU baseball players were drafted on day two of the Major League draft.
Darrell Arthur, who at last week's NBA pre-draft camp indicated he had played his last game at KU, confirmed his decision to stay in the NBA Draft to coach Bill Self on this week's trip to Washington, D.C. "We've known all along this would be the case. He didn't want to do anything (with regard to hiring an agent) in case of injury," Self said. "He's definitely going (to NBA)."
Jayhawk fans are preparing to get down this Saturday at "Bill's Basketball Boogie." The event is to celebrate the 2008 men's basketball national championship and to raise funds for coach Bill Self's Assists Foundation to promote child health and wellness.
Missouri and Kansas State zealots will cringe at this, but how could people with any Kansas connections not be beaming with pride over the way coach Bill Self and his Kansas Jayhawks projected the "sunflower" image in their recent trip to Washington and the White House?
Former Texas Tech defensive tackle Stoney Garland, who was paralyzed in a car accident more than a decade ago, has died. Garland, 33, died at his home in Plains on Wednesday, Tech's athletic department said in a statement Thursday.
Kansas University's men's basketball team will play defending Mid-America Conference champion Kent State next season in Allen Fieldhouse. No date has yet been determined for the game, KU senior associate athletic director Larry Keating said Friday. The Golden Flashes return three starters off last year's 28-7 squad, including MAC player of the year Al Fisher, a 6-foot-1 junior from Pennsauken, N.J.
Burl Plunkett, who coached Oklahoma to the National Women's Invitation Tournament title in 1994 and helped set the program up for its rise to national prominence, died Thursday. He was 75. Plunkett went 52-36 in three seasons as the Sooners' coach, immediately prior to Sherri Coale's hiring in 1996. He took Oklahoma to its second NCAA Tournament appearance in school history in 1995.
Elite camp on tap: Kansas University coach Bill Self will hold his Elite Camp for top high school prospects this weekend. Xavier Henry, the No. 2 prospect in the Class of 2009, will attend, as will No. 12 Jordan Hamilton, No. 29 Elijah Johnson, No. 121 Stephan Van Treese as well as unranked Jeff Reid of Topeka Hayden and Dorian Green of Lawrence High.
Darrell Arthur was not overly impressed with his play in his first individual workout for an NBA team. "I don't think I guarded well. I think guys got to the basket on me anytime they wanted to, so I've just got to get back and work out. I know what to expect now. I'm glad I got the first one out of the way," Arthur, Kansas University's 6-foot-9 forward, told northjersey.com after Wednesday's session with the New Jersey Nets.
Don Fambrough, a former Kansas University football coach, will sign copies of his children's book "The Three Little Jayhawks" as part of a fundraiser for cancer research.
T. Boone Pickens, the billionaire alumnus who has donated more than $400 million to Oklahoma State University, will be honored in December at the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame's induction ceremony.
Nobody - not even the leader of the free world - knows just how rich the soon-to-be-professional members of Kansas University's men's basketball team will strike it. But none other than President Bush himself is sure at least some of the Jayhawks will be rolling in it. "I wish those of you going into pro ball the very best," Bush said in a Rose Garden ceremony Tuesday recognizing the Jayhawks for their 2008 national championship. "Some of us are going to be out of work soon. I may be looking for loans."
The inventor of basketball will make an appearance this weekend in Lawrence. Not really, but a Kansas City, Mo., history professor will portray James A. Naismith, Kansas University's first basketball coach, at a 3 p.m. event Saturday at Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Mass.
Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft is set for Thursday, and two compelling local storylines will be discussed amongst Lawrence baseball enthusiasts. Storyline No. 1: With the No. 3 overall pick, with whom will the Kansas City Royals stock their farm system? Storyline No. 2: Where will Missouri ace Aaron Crow, who had a 2008 stretch of 43 consecutive scoreless innings, end up?
Turns out, Michael Beasley is not 6-foot-10, as he was listed by Kansas State. He also isn't 6-foot-7, as some of his detractors have suggested in recent weeks, either.
Eleven members of the Kansas University track and field teams received a total of 14 all-region honors, as announced by the USTFCCCA on Tuesday.
Kansas sophomore Meghan Gockel lost to Elizabeth Wendt in the first round of match play at the 2008 Women's Southern Amateur Golf Championship on Tuesday afternoon.
James McClinton sat in the computer room at Wagnon Student Services Center, sheltered from the heat. He checked eBay to see if anyone had placed a charitable bid on his signed No. 93 game jersey, framed with two action photos and a plaque denoting his accomplishments as a Kansas University football player.
Question his policies or debate his legacy all you want. At least give President Bush props for this: He knows his Jayhawks. Or at least his speech writers do. During a brief ceremony Tuesday at the Rose Garden, Bush honored the 2008 men's basketball national champions.
There were no major surprises involving the official measurements of Kansas University basketball players at last week's NBA pre-draft camp in Orlando, Fla.
Big 12 Conference baseball pride was in serious jeopardy last weekend. Of the six conference teams that made the NCAA Tournament, five of them were knocked out in the first weekend of regionals. Texas, which won national championships in 2002 and 2005, couldn't keep its three-year title pattern within reach in 2008.
Monday night rains made for some long holes and high scores on the opening day of stroke play at the Kansas Golf Association Four-Ball Championship. It was most obvious for golfers playing Alvamar Country Club.
It's a good day to be a Jayhawk when the President of the United States says "rock chalk" and "wave the wheat" in the same speech.
President Bush welcomed Kansas University's men's basketball national champions to the White House.
Texas Tech's Larry Hays, one of four Division I baseball coaches with more than 1,500 wins, resigned Monday, clearing the way for former Tech player Dan Spencer, who was named his successor in April.
Prinz Kande, a 5-foot-11, 182-pound safety from Trinity High in Euless, Texas, on Monday orally committed to play football at Kansas University, Rivals.com reports.
Kansas University kickoff return man Marcus Herford was named a first-team preseason All-America selection by Phil Steele magazine, it was announced Monday.
Kansas University women's golfer Meghan Gockel advanced Monday into match play at the 93rd Women's Southern Golf Association Amateur Championship.
Barack Obama pushed close to victory in the marathon Democratic presidential race Monday on the eve of a final pair of primaries amid signs that Hillary Rodham Clinton was preparing to acknowledge defeat.
The saying became pretty commonplace at Kansas University women's basketball practices in regards to freshman guard Chakeitha Weldon last season: 100 miles an hour going nowhere fast. Weldon entered Bonnie Henrickson's program as a blur on the floor, able to hit top speeds unlike very few. Then, once that speed was somewhat harnessed at midseason, boom.
Players on Kansas University's national-champion men's basketball team have a busy, carefree couple of days in store in the nation's capital. There are monuments to visit and heads of state to meet. First, though, came a sobering trip to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the self-described "clinical center of gravity of American military medicine."
Former Kansas University guard/forward Brandon Rush, who will be in Washington, D.C., today with his national champion teammates, has NBA individual workouts scheduled this week in Orlando (Wednesday), Toronto (Thursday) and New Jersey (Friday).
There are many perks to winning a national championship - and one of them is meeting the president of the United States.
The college football season won't kickoff for another three months but already, the Kansas Jayhawks are hauling in the honors.
Don Fambrough, former Kansas University football coach and author of "Three Little Jayhawks," will put on a book signing and sale from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at HyVee on West Sixth Street.
The first of "voluntary" summer conditioning workouts began at 6 a.m. today for the Kansas University football team. The wise players showed up at 5:55. "Hawk Time" stipulates that if you're not five minutes early, you might as well be five minutes late. Pity the poor newcomer who views these sessions as optional and doesn't think he will hurt his chances of gaining playing time by sleeping in after staying up late playing Grand Theft Auto.
A reflective Quintrell Thomas arrived at St. Patrick High School bright and early Friday morning, one day before graduation ceremonies in Elizabeth, N.J. "I've been in kind of a down period," said Thomas, who admits he has been stressed while thinking about leaving his Jersey home - and comfy life with mom, Tommica, and 4-year-old brother, Quian - for the unknown, in this case Kansas University.
Kansas University's Egor Agafonov set a Midwest Regional meet record in winning the men's hammer throw for the third consecutive year, and Jordan Scott won the men's pole vault Saturday.
Paul Pierce grew up in Los Angeles watching the Lakers play the Celtics for NBA titles. Now he's the captain of the Boston team that is back in the finals for the first time since losing to the Lakers in 1987.
Celebrating his 65th birthday on Friday, nearly 37 years after he retired from the NFL, Hall of Fame running back Gale Sayers still remembers the defender who hit him the hardest.
Eric Chenowith emptied a load of laundry on a table in the basement of Jayhawker Towers back in the summer of 1997. The 7-foot Kansas University basketball center from Villa Park, Calif., had no clue what to do next. "I was a freshman. My mom had always done laundry for me," Chenowith recalled. "Paul Pierce saw me. He told me to wash whites in hot water and darks in cold. He told me how to do the whole thing. Paul Pierce taught me how to do laundry.
Former Kansas University basketball player Brandon Rush will work out for the Toronto Raptors on Thursday, the NBA team has announced.
Yasmani Grandal's tie-breaking RBI single in the eighth lifted top-seeded Miami to a 6-5 victory over Missouri in a winner's bracket game of the NCAA Regional on Saturday.
Dusty Coleman hit a two-run home run and Aaron Shafer pitched a five-hitter for his third complete game of the season as Wichita State took down top-seeded Oklahoma State, 5-3, Saturday night after the Cowboys' ace was declared ineligible.